Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines

The Pentagon is expected to announce the entire strategy soon.
As an example, the new White House guidelines would allow the military to transmit computer code to another country’s network to test the route and make sure connections work – much like using satellites to take pictures of a location to scout out missile sites or other military capabilities.
The digital code would be passive and could not include a virus or worm that could be triggered to do harm at a later date. But if the U.S. ever got involved in a conflict with that country, the code would have mapped out a path for any offensive cyberattack to take, if approved by the president.
The guidelines also make clear that when under attack, the U.S. can defend itself by blocking cyber intrusions and taking down servers in another country. And, as in cases of mortar or missile attacks, the U.S. has the right to pursue attackers across national boundaries – even if those are virtual network lines.
“We must be able to defend and operate freely in cyberspace,” Lynn said in a speech last week in Paris. The U.S., he said, must work with other countries to monitor networks and share threat information.
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